A tweet sent from Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s Twitter account mocked the prosecutor who orchestrated a criminal indictment charging Perry with abuse of power. The tweet was deleted shortly after it was published, followed by another tweet sent from Perry’s verified account, distancing himself from the prior tweet, which he claims was "unauthorized."
A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down.
â€” Rick Perry (@GovernorPerry) September 1, 2014
The tweet sent on Sunday evening mocked Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a Democrat, who was convicted in April 2013 of drunken driving. “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit…but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas,” the image meme read.
While the tweets were sent from Perry’s verified Twitter account, it is unknown who sent them.
Perry, a potential 2016 presidential contender, was indicted Aug. 15 by a Travis County grand jury, for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by vetoing $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit, after Lehmberg refused to resign, the Associated Press reported. The Public Integrity Unit which investigates and prosecutes public corruption, is part of the Travis County district attorney's office.